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Protecting Your Knees as You Age

Protecting Your Knees as You Age

by Natalie (SU)
While not many people get excited about the prospect of getting old, it’s not something we can avoid. However, there are plenty of things we can do to prepare our body to stand up strong to the test of time. As we age, the joints in the musculoskeletal system slow down or can start to stiffen up, due to injury, wear and tear, or degenerative conditions such as arthritis. This degrading over time is especially hard on the knees. The knee is a complex joint which makes it very prone to injury, and it really stands up to a lot of pressure and weight over the years.

How Your Physical Therapist and Orthopedist Work Together

How Your Physical Therapist and Orthopedist Work Together

by Natalie (SU)
Physicians collaborating with other physicians is often beneficial, as open communication and sharing knowledge help build bridges to new levels of patient care. While new approaches and techniques are always being invented and implemented into the care for patients with orthopedic injuries and conditions, there remains a strong connection with the care provided by an orthopedic doctor and an associated physical therapist. This teamwork approach to care in the orthopedic field helps the patient get the personal care they need from the right providers, to promote recovery from injury, and pain free mobility.

What is the Difference Between a Separated Shoulder and Dislocated Shoulder?

What is the Difference Between a Separated Shoulder and Dislocated Shoulder?

by Stephanie Meadows
The shoulder’s anatomy is a very complex structure. There are several joints that make up the shoulder joint, including many different muscles, tendons, and ligaments holding everything together. The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint, which has an incredible range of motion. Unfortunately, it is also very prone to injury due to its anatomy, and how frequently it’s used. The shoulder can often become weak and vulnerable due to wear and tear, become completely dislocated or separated due to an accident such as a fall, or can suffer the effects associated with repetitive stress injury. The shoulder consists of three bones, the humerus (the upper arm bone), the scapula (the shoulder blade), and the clavicle (the collar bone).

The anatomy of an orthopedic surgeon – Spotlight on Dr. James Talkington

The anatomy of an orthopedic surgeon – Spotlight on Dr. James Talkington

by Stephanie Meadows
Understanding the anatomy of the body is the key for the successful treatment and prevention of injuries and disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon, for that matter, is to both treat and educate their patients. An orthopedic doctor specializes in conditions, diseases, and injuries pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. In other words, these doctors play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the bones, nerves, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue.

Preparing for Orthopedic Surgery

Preparing for Orthopedic Surgery

by Stephanie Meadows
Orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating pain, diseases, and injuries pertaining to the musculoskeletal system (joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and connective tissue). These doctors play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. They work in both hospitals and specialized practices to treat infections, sports injuries, broken bones, joint problems (e.g., arthritis), congenital conditions, degenerative conditions (e.g., osteoporosis), and bone tumors. They handle everything from minor issues such as a sprained ankle, to complex procedures and surgeries, such as a total hip replacement.